He figures more than a 1,000 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs will be taken to his police department this year alone, including a couple of hundred pounds on Saturday.
The Take Back event is free and completely anonymous, no questions asked.
So to help people safely dispose of potentially risky controlled substances, the DEA launched the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in 2010.
The collection stations can not accept liquid medication, medications that contain iodine, medical sharps or needles, thermometers and inhalers. [We have] no problem with that.More news: Backed fighters seize major Syrian oil field
As part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Take Back Program, the Cape Girardeau Police Department will be hosting a take back event later this week. Additionally, traditional methods for getting rid of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided. "All of that can eventually get back into the water system and [by doing] this it'll be disposed of properly". "Of the people who abuse prescriptions, 70 percent obtain them from friends and family- many times without the other person knowing it". Beaverton Police Officers will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at the driver's- side door.
Prescription opioid overdoses were involved in the deaths of 550 South Carolinians in 2016, underscoring the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
In last April's Drug Take-Back, people around the country turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office gathered almost two tons of leftover prescription and over-the-counter medicines during the spring drug collection last April. "The public can locate nearby collection sites at www.DEATakeBack.com or by calling 800-882-9539", according to a news release from the DEA.